Ethan Kidwell, Writer

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It seems that the Artesian Ultimate team has only known success in the recent years. In the past three years, they placed first and third twice in the state tournament. This year, however, they are faced with the challenge of an inexperienced team. After eight seniors graduated last year, the team had to rebuild. Artesian Ultimate has three returning members and five new members this year. One of the new members this year is stepping up into a leadership role and is handling it very well. Junior Joey Markitan is one of the team’s two main handlers.

“This season is going pretty well, especially for having so many new people. I was used to watching my brothers play in the past and seeing them do well, and then for us to go out there this year… it surprised me how well we have been playing,” said Markitan.

Artesian Ultimate’s season started January 6, with a dominant 20-7 win over Decatur. Since that win, they continued running and now have a 3-1 record. Their games are held every Wednesday and the state tournament starts February 20th.